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Swedish University Sticks Students in Wood Box

Next year at Lund University in Småland, Sweden, 22 students will get their own 10 sq meter micro-houses. The project,  whose prototype is currently on display at Virserum Art Museum, was designed by  Architects in collaboration with wood manufacturer Martinsons and real estate company AF Bostäder.

The intention of the project was to build something affordable, energy efficient and adaptable to the student body needs. Archdaily reports of its construction:

Through an efficient layout and the use of cross laminated wood as a construction material the rent is reduced by 50% and the ecological impact and carbon footprints is also significantly reduced.

The tiny units features sleeping lofts, kitchens, desks and bathrooms. We think the design looks phenomenal (no word as to whether the green accents will be part of the final product).

This is not the first time we looked at micro-housing at Lund University. Last year, we checked out their experimental 12 sq meter micro-student house. Like micro-houses in the US, the project sought to make housing without restrictive and expensive building regulations. This is a fair reason to conceive new housing structures.

But we will ask the same questions today as we did then. For many, college is one of the most important periods of socialization. Crucial to that is the shared, porous living experience. While undoubtably stylish, we wonder how these micro-houses will affect that? Will it lead to students isolating more? Of course, they could–and probably will–be located near each other, creating a sort of micro-commons, but knocking on a closed off house next door is very different than stepping through an open dorm room down the hall. With Sweden’s balmy climate, perhaps the designers thought the micro-house’s door might remain open most of the time.

Via Archdaily

  • Amelie

    Well, we don’t have dorms in Sweden, so it will not be any different to living in an apartment. 🙂

    • good point. i assumed student housing was similar in sweden to the states…not a safe assumption. thanks for clarifying.

  • Georgia

    Far more Uni students in Australia live off campus than on, and still manage to socialise with their classmates. If the micro houses are reasonably close together, I can’t see that it would be that different from a residence hall.

  • Tobias Sebastian Franz Müller

    From inside looks like a great student life place, from outside still needs some technical improvement like structural wood protection otherwise it would not stand nice looking like these for too much time. But the question is: Isn´t it way to expensive to put lot of these houses next to each other for every single student? Rather I would design communities of six to 10 people that also share a private and a public space in their house. These house would have much better energy rates because it s much less surface and could be used more flexible. Like these I would sell it as a one person house for working people that don´t want to afford taking huge loans from the bank just to buy a flat or a bigger house. Don´t you agree so let me know

  • David

    Lund University is in Skane, not Smalands